Baby born with rare genetic skin disorder – reported by The Nation on 7 March 2010

Baby born with rare genetic skin disorder

ISLAMABAD (APP) – A child with a very rare genetic skin disorder Harlequin-type ichthyosis was born in Giigit Friday night that brought doz­ens of people to the hospital to catch a glimpse of the child According to de­tails, the child has red stripes all over the body and his hands are different than normal human babies. Eyelids of the baby are also severely averted leaving the eyes and the area! around them very 11 susceptible to trauma whereas the lips are pulled by the dry skin, a private TV channel reported.

According to Dr. Iftikhar, a paediatrician, the child is suf­fering from a rare skin disease Harlequin-type ichthyosis due to which the body looks like a tiger He said that continuous cousin marriages may result in such cases.

In Pakistan, four such cases have been reported so far and at! four died soon after the birth. In the past, the disorder was invariably fatal, whether due to dehydration, infection (sepsis), restricted breathing due to the plating, or other related causes.

The most com­mon cause of death was systemic infec­tion and sufferers rarely survived for more than a few days. However, there have been im­provements in care due to modern medical practices.

The oldest known survivor is 24-year old Nusrit Nelly Shaheen. Most sufferers die when they are babies.





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